UofL, seminary name Grawemeyer Award winners
A one-hour concerto blending instruments from diverse cultures. A measurement tool designed to advance human rights. A theory showing how drug addiction works in the brain. A book charting the demographic decline of white Christian America.
Those ideas earned their creators 2019 Grawemeyer Awards, $100,000 prizes recognizing how powerful concepts can change the world. Award recipients were named Dec. 3-7.
The winners are:
Joel Bons, music composition, for writing the non-traditional concerto “Nomaden”
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph, ideas improving world order, for designing a framework to help nations expand human rights
Kent Berridge and Terry Robinson, for developing a theory explaining how drug addiction works in the brain
Robert P. Jones, for explaining how white Protestant dominance of U.S. politics and culture is ending
“As is so often the case, our award recipients have addressed important issues of the day in a highly creative manner,” said Charles Leonard, Grawemeyer Awards executive director.
“From shedding new light on opioid addiction to charting a vast political and cultural change, from improving the well-being of people worldwide to welcoming diverse cultures into Western classical music, all of their ideas have potential to enrich our lives.”
UofL presents the annual prizes in music, world order, psychology and education and gives the religion prize jointly with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
No education award was given this year because “jurors could not single out an idea likely to advance our field in a highly significant way,” said Marion Hambrick, an associate professor in UofL’s College of Education and Human Development who directs the award.
The late Charles Grawemeyer, a UofL graduate and former seminary trustee, launched the awards in 1984 to underscore the impact a single idea can have on the world. He also asked that laypeople be involved in selecting the awards to ensure broad understanding of the winning ideas.
All of the Grawemeyer Award recipients will visit Louisville in April to give free, public talks on their winning ideas.
A concerto linking musicians from vastly different cultures
to “bloom in full glory.” That was composer Joel Bons’ vision
behind “Nomaden,” a work for cello and a wide array of Asian
instruments. The piece, which won the 2019 Grawemeyer
Award for Music Composition, captures a growing artistic trend
to juxtapose themes and influences in innovative ways.
music for a new world
Human rights 'how-to'
Is quality of life improving for people everywhere? A tool allowing each nation in the world to measure its
progress toward that goal won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. "Fulfilling
Social and Economic Rights,” a book by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr,Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph,
is a primer for advancing human rights worldwide.
Addiction and the brain
Why do people get hooked on drugs? University of
Michigan researchers Kent Berridge and Terry Robinson
received the 2019 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology
for explaining exactly how it happens in our brains.
Their findings could lead to better treatments for drug
addiction, gambling and binge eating compulsions,
and even schizophrenia and depression.
White Protestantism has dominated U.S politics and culture
for much of the country’s history, but that’s changing. So says
Robert P. Jones, a public policy researcher who won the 2019
Grawemeyer Award in Religion for “The End of White Christian
America.” Jones found that white Protestants are no longer a
majority, which he says will alter the U.S. political climate.